Rescue - Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can someone speak to me by phone?
The short answer is maybe. Rescue people are usually pretty busy doing…Rescue work! And if they are not doing Rescue work, they might be taking care of their own pets, their family, maybe their job. Sometimes we are available to speak by phone. It is easier if people send us an email and then we can reply when we have time, usually in less than 24 hours. And perhaps follow up with a phone call. We do have a Rescue cell phone hotline that takes messages.
2. Why do I need to fill out an application before talking with someone about a dog?
The application is a two way tool; it tells us a lot of information about potential adopters and it hopefully makes adopters think about the process of adopting a rescued dog. All reputable rescue groups require applications. It is part of the process and a permanent record. There are many more adoption applicants than there are Rescue people to review them, so taking the time to speak with applicants prior to reviewing their application takes us away from the work we need to be doing.
3. Why do Rescue groups require a fenced yard?
Not all dogs require a fenced yard, but many do. Some dogs simply will not potty on lead no matter how long you walk them. Imagine your frustration as a dog owner, when, after taking your dog out for a 45 minute walk in the freezing cold or pouring rain and the dog does not relieve itself, but, upon returning home, the dog immediately relieves itself in front of your eyes on your carpet. Not a good thing for anyone. A secure fenced yard alleviates this vexing problem. Also, a secure fenced yard is a great safe place for a dog to run flat out for sheer pleasure.
4. What about electric fences?
Many Rescue groups consider electric fences to be the same as no fence at all. Recognizing that there are some communities that do not permit above ground fences, MAPR will adopt certain dogs to qualified homes with electric fences with the understanding that the dog is NEVER put outdoors unattended. Electric fences will not contain a dog motivated to chase another dog, an animal or a car. Furthermore, other dogs and animals can pass easily into the electric fence space and injure your dog. Electric fences should never be thought of as containment devices; they are deterrents – and poor ones – at best.
5. Why is there an adoption fee and/or why is the adoption fee so high?
Speaking plainly and directly, it takes money to save dogs. Many dogs come into our care needing vaccinations, needing to be spayed or neutered and sometimes needing extensive surgery to make them adoptable. Rescue relies on adoption fees and donations to pay our bills. We try to conduct ourselves a bit like a business, where adoption fees offset the cost of vet bills, but more often than not, we fall short. Donations help. Also, taking in young, healthy dogs and asking for a slightly higher adoption fee helps offset the shortfall. Most reputable Rescue organizations have received 501c3, tax deductible not-for-profit status by the IRS. Many groups are run solely by unpaid volunteers who donate both time and money to their Rescue’s effort.
6. I want a brown female (Toy, Miniature, Standard) Poodle. I want a dog under a year old. I want a dog that is housetrained and has some Obedience training. Do you have any of those available?
The short answer here is usually not. Rescue is not a pet store. We have the dogs we have. The more criteria an applicant places on their wish list for an adoptive dog, the longer they may have to wait. In the case of a brown female Poodle, that might be forever in Rescue. On average, most of the dogs we see in Rescue are cream colored males between the age of 4 and 7.
7. I want to adopt a rescued dog and make it my service dog.
We do not believe that rescued dogs make good service dogs and there are a couple of reasons for this. We believe that rescued dogs should be beloved pets and nothing more; that they should never have to work for their people. Whatever they have been through that lost them their home and landed them in Rescue, is enough for any living creature to endure. In addition, we can never guarantee that a rescued dog will be capable of whatever service is going to be required of them. What if they fail at their job? Do they get to be abandoned again? The best service dogs are those that are bred by thoughtful, reputable and responsible organizations and are raised from puppies to do the work that they do.
8. I have small children. Can I adopt a dog?
Rescued dogs should (almost) NEVER be placed in homes with children under 5 years old and really NEVER in homes with toddlers or crawling children. We simply can never guarantee the temperament of a rescued dog. Consider this scenario. Imagine how horrible we would all feel if an adult dog were to bite the child because the toddler fell on them or the crawling child crawled up to the sleeping dog who, when startled, reacted and nipped the child, drawing blood. Children have very soft skin. Dog bites have very serious, often lethal consequences for dogs. We simply cannot take the chance with either the child or the dog.